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Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts

Promoting Linux and Open Source Software Freedom in Atlanta Since 1994
Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts (ALE) is a diverse group of friendly people who enjoy the freedoms and benefits of GNU Linux Computing and Free Liberating Open Source Software technologies. From novices to network administrators, from smart phones to data centers, we strive to empower every information technology user with freely distributable software and to improve every computing environment with the superior security, functionality and flexibility of Open Source Operating System solutions. -- more about ALE --
For information about upcoming weekly and monthly meetings, please check the ALE Meetup Group Calendar. We do not, and never will, require anyone to sign up with Meetup (or any other service) to attend any of our meetings; we only use it as an additional platform to connect with others in the local Atlanta area who are also interested in Linux.

ALE-NW@SPSU MTG. for Thurs., August 30th, 7:30pm

Filed at 4:24 pm August 27, 2012 under by Ruscetta

The next ALE-NW@SPSU meeting is being held
Thursday, Aug. 30th, 2012 at 7:30pm in room J-266
of the Atrium (J) building on the SPSU campus.

The feature presentation will be Orlando Karam’s most
excellent presentation:
Linux on ARM and the Raspberry Pi

— ARM is a family of computer architectures, different from x86,
and characterized for its low cost and low power consumption.
Many cell-phones and tablets run on ARM, and now there are many
low-cost low-power servers running on ARM. We will discuss some
of the available hardware and the status of the software, with a
special focus on the Raspberry-Pi, a $35 computer system designed
with a focus on education, but useful on many domains.

— Orlando Karam was born in the US but grew up in Mexico. He got
hooked up on Unix while a grad student at Tulane University, and
has been running Linux on servers and laptops for more than 15 years.
He teaches computer science at Southern Poly, and has been playing
with his raspberry pi since he got it 6 weeks ago.

For a campus map and a link to directions please see
or visit the ALE NW wiki page at
Parking in non reserved spaces in the P60 deck is best.
building J, the Atrium building, is a short distance east
of the parking deck.
ALE-NW@SPSU meetings are open events and we hope
you will join us! Also remember that topic suggestions
and presentation offers the meetings can be emailed to
[ jdp (at) algoloma ]

ALE CENTRAL MTG. for Thurs., August 16th, 2012

Filed at 10:58 am August 7, 2012 under by Ruscetta

The feature presentation for our ALE Central Meeting
at 7:30pm on Thursday, August 16th, 2012 will be:

Grant but Control,
Trust but Verify

with John E. Kimberly,
SE Region Systems Engineer,
Centrify Corporation

– The presentation will focus on the use of Active Directory
to seamlessly provide access to non-Windows platforms,
including most versions of UNIX / Linux, MAC’s, iPhones,
iPads and Androids, and then use specific Active Directory
GPO’s to control that access and manage the rights and
elevated privileges on those systems. Once complete,
the administrator can easily validate access to systems,
confirm elevated privileges and audit what users do with
elevated privileges, thereby delivering data and system
security, and regulatory compliance.

– John E. Kimberly has a 32 year career in the UNIX and
“open systems” world, in a wide variety of positions at
companies like Dun & Bradstreet, Siemens Information
Systems Worldwide and the Georgia Technology Authority.
He holds certifications in Redhat Linux as an RHCE, Sun
Microsystems as a Hardware, Network and Systems
Engineer, AIX Certified Specialist, VMWare, as well as
experience in system security, threat prevention and
platform hardening from SANS International. For the past
15 years, he has been in the area of Enterprise Architecture
and Disaster Recovery, with additional focus in systems
and data security. Today, he is the Southeastern Region
Sr. System Engineer for Centrify Corporation, which
provides seamless integration for non-Windows platforms
with Active Directory, for access, elevated privilege
management, and license compliance auditing.

– Centrify delivers integrated software and cloud-based
solutions that centrally control, secure and audit access to
cross-platform systems, mobile devices and applications
by leveraging the infrastructure organizations already own.
From the data center and into the cloud, more than 4000
organizations, including over 40% of the Fortune 50, rely
on Centrify’s identity consolidation and privilege management
solutions to reduce IT expenses, strengthen security and
meet license compliance requirements. Customers come
to Centrify for a variety of services including:
– IT Security
– MAC Security Management
– IT License Compliance & Auditing
– Mobile Security Management
– UNIX & Linux Identity Management
– SAP & Web Single Sign On
– Windows Server Auditing
– SAMBA and NFSv4 integration

The meeting will be held at Emory Law School in our
usual Gambrel Hall, room 1C venue.
Our meeting time frame is 7:30pm to ~9:20pm
Directions to Emory Law School can be found at